Teenage Rhinoplasty Can Make An Impact

By: Dr. Russell W. Kridel


If you have ever been unhappy with the size or shape of your nose, you are not alone. In 2012, over 180,000 people had Rhinoplasty surgery, with about 15% being performed on teenagers between the ages of 13 – 19*. Among teens, Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure. With the nose being the most prominent feature, if it is out of proportion, it may dominate your face. But, the great news is that if your nose doesn’t do justice to the rest of your face, you don’t have to live with it for the rest of your life. That’s why our young Rhinoplasty patients say, “Let’s change it now before I am labeled as the person with the large nose.” Or, “I want to change it now so others perceive me as I perceive myself and no longer judge me based on my nose.” Today, having an unsightly feature improved upon is as much a possibility for teenagers as having crooked teeth corrected with braces. Our patients are amazed by the difference it makes in their self-esteem. And, for young people, that extra bit of confidence can make all the difference as they begin to establish themselves professionally and socially. No one wants to be teased and everyone want to feel and look their best. Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries, often referred to as a “nose job”, and often finds that he needs to correct airway problems inside while he is correct the outside shape, so the nose not only looks good but also breathes well. Sometimes, he will further improve the profile with a chin implant, because a weak chin can make a nose look even larger.

When Your Nose Doesn't Fit Your Face

A less than desirable inherited feature is the primary reason patients, including teenagers, seek cosmetic improvement of their nose. However, sports injuries or nasal trauma, is also very common. In these circumstances, there is often internal damage, such as a deviated septum, that can hinder your ability to breathe. A severely deviated septum can also alter the external appearance of the nose. It is far more effective and efficient to address any desired cosmetic changes at the same time as correcting internal damage. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Diana Agron have improved the appearance of their nose in addition to repairing internal structural damage. Everyone wants to know what their nose is going to look like after surgery. To help with that visualization, Dr. Kridel does digital computer imaging so patients can sit down and visually plan the goal for their surgery. Dr. Kridel understands that no two noses are the same, so he tailors the cosmetic change based on each patient’s individual anatomy and goals. He does not and will not take a one size fits all approach. Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 70 medical journal articles and textbook chapters about Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. He performs more than 150 Rhinopolasty surgeries every year. Within the medical and patient community, he is often referred to as "THE Nose Doc," because of his recognized expertise in nasal surgery. Patients and physicians refer themselves and their own family members and friends because of his international reputation as one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. Dr. Kridel is also invited as a featured guest lecturer to the largest and most prestigious plastic surgery courses every year to share his specific techniques with other surgeons who want to improve their skills. He has been named to numerous Top Doc lists year after year and has received the highest honors from his own specialty for surgical excellence. To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an Rhinoplasty consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

--- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.